Salvatorian College currently runs both Bronze and Silver Awards of the Duke of Edinburgh programme, starting in Year 9.
What is the DofE?
When first hearing about the Duke of Edinburgh programme, many students ask what is it all about, well…
It is a life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers. The DofE is many things to many people, but it always supports generations to successfully navigate adult life.
There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.
Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.
Why do the DofE?
For the hundreds of thousands of young people who take part each year, the benefits of achieving a DofE Award at any level are endless. DofE is about helping you along the path to a productive and prosperous future. As many of our participants say, it’s life-changing.
Achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and an edge over others when you apply for college, university or a job. Beyond your academic achievements, universities want to see evidence of so called ‘soft skills’ that you have developed through extra-curricular activities, such as communication, commitment, leadership and teamwork. Your DofE Award is a fantastic way to demonstrate and evidence these skills in practice.
You’ll also make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.
Our participants also tell us that doing their DofE gives them character traits like confidence and resilience, that can boost their mental health and wellbeing and help them face and overcome personal challenges.
How do I join?
In order to gain a place on the Duke of Edinburgh programme at Salvatorian, you must write a short application to the programme coordinators, Mr Templeton and Ms Schipor, explaining why you want to undertake the DofE award. This should be done by October half-term in year 9.
You can email your application to DofE@salvatorian.harrow.sch.uk or speak to Ms Schipor directly. For all other enquiries, please email DofE@salvatorian.harrow.sch.uk
When considering how to write your statement, consider the following:
Why do you want to do the DofE?
What makes you a suitable pupil to undertake the DofE?
Links and Upcoming Dates!
Practice camp 12 – 13 May 2023
Assessment expedition 01 -02 July 2023
Practice camp – 27 – 27 May 2023
Assessment expedition 14 – 16 July 2023